Encourage Responsibility for Learning
In order to successfully learn, students should be put in charge of their own education. Instructors can encourage students to take greater responsibility in their instruction by facilitating their access to resources, expectations, lines of communication, and opportunities for contribution and collaboration.
- Provide clear expectations for students.
- Help students find and use resources.
- Encourage student-directed discussions.
- Give students the opportunity to guide their own learning.
Options to encourage responsibility for learning are suggested below.
Course Web site
A course Web site can be the gateway to resources for students. By creating a course Web site you can allow students to easily access course requirements, syllabi, lecture slides, homework assignments, and announcements at any time, from home or school. Catalyst offers quarterly workshops to help you plan and develop your course website. You can also find step-by-step instructions for creating a Web site by following the links below.
Catalyst GoPost tool
With GoPost, instructors and students can create Web-based discussion boards where students can compare notes, discuss class content, and work together online. Messages can be posted and read with any Web browser. You have control over who can access the GoPost forum, and you can even allow students to use alternate screen names to make them feel more comfortable.
Catalyst Portfolio tool
The Catalyst Portfolio Tool allows students to collect, annotate, arrange, and display on the Web a variety of digital artifacts that illustrate their accomplishments. By creating a portfolio project for your students, you can encourage them to take responsibility for their learning. Portfolios can also be published to the Web for others to view, potentially opening up the audience of the individual student's assignment to the general public.
Catalyst WebQ survey and quiz tool
WebQ makes it easy to create online, interactive surveys and quizzes. WebQ is particularly useful as a student self-assessment tool, as it allows students to auto-score their answers and verify their understanding of course material. Students can also use WebQ to create their own survey and gather information for their projects.
Catalyst UMail tool
UMail allows your students to send emails to you or to your assistants through the Web. You have the option of making it anonymous so that your students feel free to share their opinions. By responding to student comments over email or in class, you can make your course more student-oriented.
Wikis are Web sites that can be browsed and easily edited by anyone with Internet access and a Web browser. They can be a very useful tool to encourage students' responsibility for learning and can provide a common space for students to review and comment on a variety of course or research related materials. Not only can students easily collaborate on a project using a Wiki, they can also easily make it public and invite experts in the field to react to their contribution. UW Technology's recommendations on Wikis
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
MERLOT is an online educational portal that contains links to thousands of online learning materials created by college faculty in all subject areas. All material is peer-reviewed. You can easily find the material you need to support your teaching and encourage students' responsibility for their learning.